"A Pair pf Silk Stockings" written by Kate Chopin.

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The Battle to Break Free

In "A Pair pf Silk Stockings" written by Kate Chopin, the main character is Mrs. Sommers. She is a middle aged white woman who lives with her four children and husband. Throughout the story she is not very well do and she has to make due with what she has. As we read the story we realize what problems she faces and how she overcomes them. In "The Battle with Mr. Covey" written by Frederick the main character is Frederick Douglass. He is a middle aged black man who is a slave to Master Thomas, but is being "rented" by Mr. Covey. As we read this story, we will see how far a man goes to save his life, and how he overcame the things that were holding him back. In these two stories, the two characters undergo similar events. Although in the end, they both break free from the chains holding them back, and solve their problems at hand.

Mrs. Sommers is not a very well to do woman, but once was. "The neighbors sometimes talked of certain "better days" that little Mrs. Sommers had known before a she had ever thought of being Mrs. Sommers" (Chopin, 438). Mrs. Sommers was probably wealthy when she lived with her parents, but she may have fallen in love and became Mrs. Sommers, and her better days might have changed. One day, she finds herself in a very peculiar situation. She finds fifteen dollars in the bottom of her purse and has no idea whatsoever who it belongs to or how it got there. She was very excited that she found the money, and doesn't know what to do with it. "She did not want to act hastily, to do anything she...